Phillies ace Roy Halladay sent to DL with shoulder soreness

Not only have the Philadelphia Phillies been struggling to stay relevant in their division, but they have been battling injuries since the end of the 2011 season.  The last thing they needed was another player to go down for a team that needs to stay healthy.  Two days after his second-shortest outing, Phillies ace Roy Halladay was put on the disabled list with a strained right lat.  He will be shut down for at least three weeks before being able to work out on a mound.

The two-time Cy Young winner was put on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a Grade I/Grade II strain of the latissimus dorsi. Tests were run on Halladay which indicated that he does not surgery and the injury does not affect his rotator cuff, which is a big relief for both Halladay and the Phillies.  He initially felt some discomfort when pitching against the Nationals, but managed to work through the pain.  After that outing he cut back on his throwing regimen for his next start against the Cardinals.

“He is all about winning and playing every day and puts in everything he can for the team,” rightfielder Hunter Pence said. “You feel bad for him and happy it’s not too serious.”

Halladay left his start early on Sunday against the Cardinals, lasting two innings, giving up four runs and throwing 36 pitches.  The outing marked the shortest for Halladay, since leaving a game after four innings in July last season due to heat exhaustion in Chicago.

Halladay, who joined the club before the 2010 season, is in the second of a three year deal worth $60 million.  He has not been his dominant self this season going 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA and at times did not look comfortable on the mound.

Through out his career, Halladay is known for being a workhorse.  His preparation and conditioning are what put him at the top of his class and a reason why he has been so dominate.  In the past six seasons, he has pitched at least 220 innings and has led the league four times in innings pitched.  The mileage on his arm is high, which can explain the injury and why the Phillies want to shut him down for an extended period of time.

We hate to have him down, but it’s nothing that requires anything other than rest,” Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock said.

After three weeks, Halladay will be re-evaluated. If all goes well, he will be able to start pitching off the mound and work towards a return.  The potential replacements would come from their Triple-A team or former big leaguers Dave Bush and Scott Elarton.

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